ASSISTANT PROFESSOR/FACULTY ASSOCIATE
Dr. Piasta is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology Department of Teaching and Learning and a faculty associate at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Florida State University in 2008.
Dr. Piasta’s research primarily focuses on early literacy development and how such development is best supported during the preschool and elementary years. Her work emphasizes the use of rigorous empirical methods to identify and evaluate educational programs and practices and has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Piasta has received the Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Fellow Award from the Institute of Education Sciences and the Dina Feitelson Research Award from the International Reading Association. She has served on advisory boards for the Ohio Department of Education, on editorial boards for The Elementary School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, and Annals of Dyslexia, and on various review panels related to her professional work.
Dr. Piasta will share her insights about starting a successful academic research career.